Kiover Hatchett has been sentenced to 18 months at Her Majesty’s Prison for assaulting a caucasian man more than three years ago.
In handing down the sentence recently, Magistrate Shawn Innocent said he rejected Hatchett’s case that he was acting in self-defence at the time of the attack.
The magistrate described Hatchett’s claims as ‘fanciful’ and made note that the victim had tried to walk away from the incident.
“The Prosecution proved their case,” said Magistrate Innocent, adding that the ‘seriousness of the offence’ warranted a custodial sentence.
The magistrate also said the use of a weapon during the assault aggravated the crime.
On the other hand, he said the fact that the incident was not pre-meditated and the fact that the victim did not sustain serious injuries were the factors that served in Hatchett’s favour.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on September 26 three years ago, the victim who had just moved into the territory was searching for an establishment that sells meals in the Long Bush area.
After sourcing food, he was seeking a place to sit when he walked past a group of young men.
The court heard that the group, inclusive of Hatchett, immediately began hurling racist slurs like ‘white trash’ at him.
Through a written statement to the court, the caucasian male said he was told that he doesn’t belong in the area and he should not come back.
Following the verbal attack, the young men started throwing beer cans and bottles at him.
The victim said he left the area as he did not feel safe there. However, on his return home, he passed the same group of men who attacked him previously, and they proceeded to attack him again, this time using sticks and a metal chair.
He eventually escaped and sought medical attention.
A report was subsequently made to the police who launched an investigation into the matter.
Hatchett who was represented by attorney Isis Potter was the only one who was eventually arrested and charged in the matter.
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